Marcin Stawiarz - The unknown city
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Artist Statement
I’ve always been fascinated by landscapes – places that are absolutely desolate, where I can stay one on one with nature. For me, the growing joy right before pressing the shutter button as well as the possibility of interacting with the world filled with inspiration is as important as the creative act itself. This initial fascination has rapidly grown into obsession that eventually took control over my life.
Since the beginning of my adventure with photography, every landscape has been an unforgettable experience, thanks to which I’ve learned how to interpret light – the single most important (and the single most waited for) factor that shapes my images. On the other hand, lighting is directly connected with another key element of photography – luck. Proper weather, interesting cloud patterns or even a couple of sunrays breaking through the clouds, have many times decided that after a couple of failed attempts I was able to reach a satisfactory effect the moment nature displayed her most unpredictable face.
Lately, my interests widened to cityscapes, where I pursue qualities characteristic to nature – harmony and peace. As it is getting harder to find traits like that in our more and more hectic world, while taking pictures in the biggest European cities I had to develop the most important virtue of a photographer – patience. That is one of the reasons why there are usually no people (or only their silhouettes) on most of my photographs. But such character of my work is also a result of other factor. Whereas taking pictures with the main focus on a person involves emotions that are relatively easy to define, depicting an empty street or portraying pulsing nature usually requires qualitatively different feelings that have to fill in for the missing elements, thus making such photograph something more than a simple document.
Informations about author
In my portfolio you will find photographs from my trips to France, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Wales and Germany.
Born 1981, Czestochowa, Poland.
- Politechnics in Czestochowa, Computer Science with Economy
- Warsaw Photographic School, Photography
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Gallery Representation:
Art Gallery Ryf, Zurich, Switzerland.
Kontemplacje - Warsaw, Poland.
Bruce McGaw Graphics, Inc - New York, USA.
RARE - London, England.
Selected Awards:
2008 - IPA Architectural Photographer of the Year 2008. Los Angeles, USA. 2008 - 1st place in Historic Architecture category on International Photography Awards 2008. Los Angeles, USA.
2008 - 2 x Honorable Mention in PX3 2008 competition. Paris, France.
2007 - 1st place Architecture & Urban Sight on VIPC2007. Venice, Italy.
2007 - VIPC Best Young Photographer. Venice, Italy.
2006 - Grand Prix - Moja Czestochowa, Poland.
Selected Publications:
2009 - Parteaguas magazine, March, Mexico.
2009 - Fotografia & Aparaty Cyfrowe, Interview, February, Poland.
2008 - I-Mag Magazine, Issue October or November 2008. Philippines.
2008 - Soura Magazine, Issue Semptember 2008. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2008 - Digital SLR Photography Magazine, Artist Statement and Portfolio, October 2008. England.
2008 - Practical Photography Magazine, Interview, August 2008. England.
2008 - Amateur Photographer Magazine, Featured Website, August 2008. England.
2008 - Asian Photography Magazine, Interview, May 2008. India.
2008 - Idea PHOTOS Magazine, Interview, Issue May/June 2008. Taipei, Taiwan.
The Unknown City
Series: ´The Unknown City´ provides these places, which are normally avoided, sometimes we even do not know of their existence, despite the fact that they are an integral part of the city in which we live.

© photo by: Marcin Stawiarz - Czestochowa, Poland
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